President Obama has released his March Madness bracket, and like everyone else, he's picking Duke to win it all

  • President Barack Obama released his March Madness brackets.
  • The presidential bracket was a tradition for sometime, but has fallen out of favor under the Trump administration.
  • Obama is picking Duke to defeat UNC in the men's championship game, and the UConn Huskies to once again triumph in the women's tournament.

Former president Barack Obama has released his predictions for the 2019 NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, keeping alive a tradition that has fallen out of favor in President Donald Trump's White House.

This year Obama made a few jarring picks that would definitely make for compelling basketball should they come to fruition — including a Duke-UNC men's final.

Take a look below at Obama's predictions for the 2019 NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments.

President Obama's Men's NCAA Tournament Bracket

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Obama is going pretty chalk in the men's bracket this year, picking No. 1 Duke, No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Tennessee, and No. 2 Michigan to reach the Final Four in Minneapolis.

His biggest Cinderella teams are 12-seeds Oregon and New Mexico State dancing their way in to the Sweet 16.

That said, Obama's bracket is still a recipe for chaos, with a Duke-North Carolina rematch in the championship game that would be the most heated chapter in the history of college basketball's greatest rivalry.

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 20: Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, watches on during the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 20: Former U.S. President Barack Obama talks with ESPN analyst Maria Taylor while attending the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 20: Former U.S. President Barack Obama attends the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils in the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 20: Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, watches on during the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Former President Barack Obama attends as North Carolina visits Duke on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 20: Former U.S. President Barack Obama (top center) attends the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils in the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Former President Barack Obama joins fans during an NCAA college basketball game between Duke and North Carolina in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Former President Barack Obama joins fans while the national anthem is played during an NCAA college basketball game between Duke and North Carolina in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Feb 20, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; former President Barack Obama looks on during the first half between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Obama picked Duke to win the whole thing, which should come as no surprise — Obama was seen sitting courtside at a Duke-North Carolina game earlier in the season, during which superstar Zion Williamson's shoe exploded just seconds in to the game.

President Obama's Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket

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In the women's bracket, Obama is once again playing it safe, backing No. 1 Baylor, No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 1 Notre Dame, and No. 2 UConn to reach the Final Four.

Obama appears to have faith in the Huskies, picking them to win the whole tournament. UConn has lost just two games this season, but that's more than they've dropped in five years.

That said, head coach Geno Auriemma and his players have proven themselves time and time again when the tournament comes around — UConn hasn't failed to reach the Final Four in more than a decade.

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